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Apologetics courses needed
I read, with interest, our Bishop’s essay on “the facts of our faith.”  Our Catholic education system is very efficient in explaining the facts of our faith to each young student. More ...
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Rethinking pain, and the atonement of sin
In the Oct. 20 edition of The Monitor, the reader’s letter entitled “Our Faith Requires that We Kill the Pain, not the Patient,” seems to neglect some of our articles of faith. Yes, we should never kill the patient, but are we really required to kill the pain? More ...
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Reasons for joblessness explained
It was heartwarming to read the accounts of the work (that) dedicated people and groups are doing to alleviate the pain and suffering of the unemployed, the under employed and the underpaid.  However I feel the article; REASON FOR JOBLESSNESS NOT CLEAR-CUT (The Monitor, July 28, 2016, page 18), while dynamically highlighting the effects of joblessness, in no way addresses the reason for joblessness. More ...
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Thanks due for legislation aimed at protecting children
On February 8, a historic bill authored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-Hamilton Square) was signed into law by President Obama. The law aims to protect children around the world from convicted pedophiles who travel the world seeking child victims. More ...
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Holy Family were once refugees
If you are an American Indian, then you are the only ones whose parents were not immigrants, many seeking refuge from wars from pre-Colonial days through the 21st century. We have had mass killings here in United States by those who were American-born and not Middle Eastern, such as the bombing in Oklahoma City and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut. More ...
Monday, November 23, 2015
The power of the plenary indulgence
The recent announcement of the plenary indulgence to be granted by Pope Francis during the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy had a special resonance for me because I had recently been immersed in two books about the Crusades.  More ...
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Stopping violence against pre-born humans must be the priority
Cecil the lion was killed for sport. Many other wild animals also meet their demise in hunting expeditions. We can all agree it’s a pity. More ...
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Exposing the lies in the Planned Parenthood debate
Planned Parenthood has succeeded for now.   As a result of the nearly unanimous support of Democratic Senators, the Senate blocked a vote on a bill (S1881) which would have defunded Planned Parenthood. More ...
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Warm and happy memories
Thank you for highlighting the milestone anniversaries of the ordained and consecrated men and women who serve(d) the Diocese of Trenton. To paraphrase the words of Bishop O’Connell...we are grateful that they are “still here”. More ...
Thursday, August 13, 2015
The truth about the Pope's encyclical
Much ado has been made about Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment. Most think it’s all about global warming. Having read the encyclical, I can tell you nothing could be further from the truth. The Pope did not establish an 11th commandment: “Thou shalt not deny global warming”. More ...
Monday, July 20, 2015
Act of generosity offers a better summer to boys in need
From June 29 to July 3, about 90 boys ages 7 to 15 took part in the South Jersey Basketball Academy at St. Mary of the Lakes School in Medford.  Probably none of the boys realized that, among their number, there were two boys whose family was experiencing a crisis that led them to become homeless. More ...
Monday, July 20, 2015
Proud of Smith's protection of unborn children
How proud I am to live in the 4th congressional district and to be represented by Congressman Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ), who co-sponsored the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act which passed the house on May 13th (242-184).  More ...
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Fond memories of being taught by women religious
Sister Dorothy Payne’s article, “A Blessed Life Enriched in Catholic Education” (May 7), mentioned the need for nuns to be teachers, providing students with educational opportunities to better themselves and use their talents and treasures for God’s glory. More ...
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Urge NJ senators to support Unborn Child Protection Act
Those members of the House of Representatives who voted to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act are to be congratulated for coming to the defense of preborn children and their mothers. This act will now go to the Senate for their action.  Senators Booker and Menendez need to support this bill when it comes before the Senate. More ...
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Both religion and politics benefit from separation
There has been much ado lately about the Indiana Religious Freedom Law. While I understand why it was enacted, I feel the law should not have been passed in the first place.  People seem to forget those five little words “nor prohibited the free exercise thereof.” More ...
Saturday, May 9, 2015
What we can do to fight evil in our world
Reporting on the causes of the riots in Baltimore centered on racial prejudice and profiling, poverty, joblessness and the absence of fathers. Certainly, these are all factors.  More ...
Saturday, May 9, 2015



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